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The School Sport Australia Cross Country team have jet-setted off to Budapest to compete at the 2016 ISF World Schools Cross-Country Championships.
The team will represent Australia at the Schools World Cross-Country Championships in Hungary from April 26 to May 1.
Two Australian school teams from Barker College (NSW) and St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School (QLD) including 12 individual athletes make up the Australian squad, which was selected at the 2015 School Sport Australia Cross Country Championships held in Melbourne at the end of August.
The boys school team from Barker College, consisting of Kieren Tall, Lachie Cubbin, Jack Brown, Mikey Nicholas, Hugh Hunt, Ben Playford and Taylor John, came first in the schools category at the SSA championships with a total of 17 points, 15 points clear of their nearest rivals, Marcellin College in Victoria.
Representing the girls school team from St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School (QLD) is Lucinda Crouch, Lara Crouch, Isabella Burdon, Brianna Campton, Annabel Kennedy and Alexandra Clements.
Competing in individual events is Josh Torley (ACT), Jye Edwards (NSW), Joshua Phillips (NSW), Ed Trippas (NSW), Cassidy Shaw (VIC), Liam Henderson (NSW), Katrina Robinson (QLD), Jessica Rohan (WA), Lauren Ryan (VIC), Courtney Hopkins (NSW), Cara Woolnough (QLD) and Jessica Guo (NSW).
SSA Cross Country National Secretary Trevor Wiseman said competing at the 2016 ISF World Schools Cross-Country Championships allows Australia’s best school athletes the chance to compete at a World Championship and experience international competition.
“This event is significant for School Sport Australia and its athletes as it is the only Schools World Cross-Country Championships,” he said.